How to protect yourself from government phone scams

  
Via:  tig  •  2 months ago  •  94 comments

How to protect yourself from government phone scams
The FTC warns complaints of scammers impersonating government agents are at an all-time high. Here's what to look for and how to protect yourself from being scammed.

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Advice on how to detect and deal with the ever-increasing scammers scaring people by pretending they are from the government.

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Enoch
1  Enoch    2 months ago

Dear Friend Tig: Good article.

At no level of government is there ever a telephone call requesting personal information the government already has.

You have rights as a citizen such as various places in the CFR (Code of Federal Regulations).

If, by Constitutional mandate records need to be updated you will receive a mailer to fill out, or be contacted in person by a Federal employee who must self identify and show you official picture identification. 

The government doesn't "smile and dial".

Ever!

Thanks for this public service article.

P&AB.

Enoch.

 
 
 
Raven Wing
2  Raven Wing    2 months ago

I recently got a phone call from someone with a very distinct Hindu accent who said they were from Social Security, and wanted to alert me to the fact that my SS number had been breached. They wanted me to confirm my SS number and other personal information, which sounded very suspicious, as they would never request that kind of info in a phone call.

So I played along for a bit to confirm my suspicion without providing any of the information they were asking for. When they got angry that I would not give them the information they wanted they abruptly hung up. 

Made my day. (smile)

 
 
 
Kathleen
2.1  Kathleen  replied to  Raven Wing @2    2 months ago

I got one about disability benefits, I said that I know you are a scammer and hung up.

My husband got one saying we owed taxes and we would be arrested. We owe nothing.... he said a few choice words then hung up. Hindu accent on both calls.

 
 
 
Enoch
2.2  Enoch  replied to  Raven Wing @2    2 months ago

Dear Sister Raven Wing: You just made mine.

Thanks.

Smiles.

E.

 
 
 
Raven Wing
2.2.1  Raven Wing  replied to  Enoch @2.2    2 months ago

jrSmiley_82_smiley_image.gif

 
 
 
Kathleen
3  Kathleen    2 months ago

Thank you for posting this. This has because me a huge problem.  I was always cautious about these phone calls. 

 
 
 
cjcold
3.1  cjcold  replied to  Kathleen @3    2 months ago

I don't even answer the phone unless it's a number I recognize and it's someone I want to speak with. Problem solved.


 
 
 
Sunshine
3.1.1  Sunshine  replied to  cjcold @3.1    2 months ago

I don't either....there is voicemail!  And my family and friends usually text.  

 
 
 
Kathleen
3.1.2  Kathleen  replied to  cjcold @3.1    2 months ago

Most of the time I don’t either. I have thought about using a airhorn or coach whistle on them.

 
 
 
TᵢG
3.1.3  seeder  TᵢG  replied to  cjcold @3.1    2 months ago

Same here, I let the unknowns go to voice mail.   If they do not bother to leave a message then that is a fine clue that they do not need to talk to me.

 
 
 
Raven Wing
3.1.4  Raven Wing  replied to  TᵢG @3.1.3    2 months ago

I have a land line and only those who need to know it have it. I also have a cell phone. The cell phone number is for family use and only. They are the only ones that have that number. I don't answer the land line unless I recognize the caller, same with the cell phone. The majority of calls I get on the land line are bogus and scam calls. 

As you say, if they don't leave a message on the voice mail then they aren't anyone I need or want to talk to anyway.  

 
 
 
Tessylo
3.1.5  Tessylo  replied to  cjcold @3.1    2 months ago

That's what I do now.  I usually block any number I don't know.  It's getting to be a long list.  

 
 
 
Karri
3.1.6  Karri  replied to  cjcold @3.1    2 months ago
I don't even answer the phone unless it's a number I recognize

Same here.  I am so sick of these calls.  I tried reporting them to the FCC but nothing ever changed.

If they call and don't leave a voice mail, I check to see how many times they have called.  If it is more than once, I block the number,

 
 
 
Drakkonis
3.1.7  Drakkonis  replied to  TᵢG @3.1.3    2 months ago

Nice post, TiG. Important information to have. I think the best thing to do with this info is to ensure the elderly in our lives have this information as it seems they are most often the one's to fall for it. I periodically remind my parents about this stuff and make sure they call me if they have a concern with suspicious activity. 

 
 
 
katrix
3.1.8  katrix  replied to  Kathleen @3.1.2    2 months ago
I have thought about using a airhorn or coach whistle on them.

A couple of years ago, I got calls from an IRS scammer. They leave a real phone number (with a DC area code) ... so I took my whistle outside, called them back, and blasted the whistle in their ear. I did that a few times a day until they retired that number and went with their next one.

 
 
 
Trout Giggles
3.1.9  Trout Giggles  replied to  Tessylo @3.1.5    2 months ago

ATT is now automatically blocking numbers or warns that a call may be a spammer or telemarketer

I like it...but I'm afraid it may block an important phone call from my doctor

 
 
 
Kathleen
3.1.10  Kathleen  replied to  katrix @3.1.8    2 months ago

I am sure they got the message...

 
 
 
Karri
3.1.11  Karri  replied to  Trout Giggles @3.1.9    2 months ago
ATT is now automatically blocking numbers or warns that a call may be a spammer or telemarketer

I have ATT and they do the same thing for me.  Unfortunately, too many numbers make it through.

As for your doctor's office, I wonder if you put the number in your contact list, would ATT still look at it as a spammer?

 
 
 
cjcold
3.1.12  cjcold  replied to  Kathleen @3.1.2    2 months ago

An airhorn could easily damage your microphone.

 
 
 
Trout Giggles
3.1.13  Trout Giggles  replied to  Karri @3.1.11    2 months ago

No, they wouldn't...but that requires me to grab my phone, enter in the information, then save it.....have I told you how lazy I am?

 
 
 
Drakkonis
3.2  Drakkonis  replied to  Kathleen @3    2 months ago

I sorta think a good way to deal with these scammers is to send death squads after them and kill them in the messiest, worst way possible and then get it on the news as a warning to what will happen to other scammers if they are caught. 

I worry that might be a little over the top, though. 

Seriously, though. I wonder what kind of worldview scammers have that would allow them to do these things. What sort of moral compass must they have? If they came upon a car wreck, would they be more likely to help victims or steal their wallets? I wonder what they think of themselves as human beings?

 
 
 
TᵢG
3.2.1  seeder  TᵢG  replied to  Drakkonis @3.2    2 months ago

Con artists have been around for a long time;  probably as long as humans could meaningfully communicate with each other.  It is a good question as to why people seek to cheat and steal from others.   What is lacking in their character to allow them to choose such a life?

 
 
 
Freefaller
3.2.2  Freefaller  replied to  Drakkonis @3.2    2 months ago
that would allow them to do these things

I would imagine greed and poverty are high up on the list

would they be more likely to help victims or steal their wallets?

I'm guessing there would be a lot of individual variation amongst them, what someone does for a job is not necessarily them as a whole

I wonder what they think of themselves as human beings?

I'm certain they justify what they do as required and are generally ok with it.  We humans have a long history of being able to justify our actions in our individual or collective minds

 
 
 
Trout Giggles
3.2.3  Trout Giggles  replied to  Drakkonis @3.2    2 months ago
I worry that might be a little over the top, though. 

Mr Giggles thinks that should be done to hackers...the ones who code malicious viruses and such, not the hackers looking for revenge <smile>

 
 
 
Kathleen
3.2.4  Kathleen  replied to  Drakkonis @3.2    2 months ago

They really don’t care.  They are greedy criminals that just want money. They have no conscience. So when it comes to blowing an airhorn that you can hear 2 miles away.... Go for it!!  : )

 
 
 
Kathleen
3.2.5  Kathleen  replied to  TᵢG @3.2.1    2 months ago

Yes, they have no empathy.  I wonder how they live with themselves?

 
 
 
Karri
3.2.6  Karri  replied to  TᵢG @3.2.1    2 months ago
What is lacking in their character to allow them to choose such a life?

Most likely, they are lacking empathy.  They simply don't care.  They feel that it is your own fault if you get caught in their scam, I guess.

 
 
 
mocowgirl
3.2.7  mocowgirl  replied to  Drakkonis @3.2    2 months ago
What sort of moral compass must they have?

Narcissist, psychopath or sociopath - or some combination of the aforementioned.  

 
 
 
JohnRussell
4  JohnRussell    2 months ago

The best phone scam is when someone with a foreign accent tells you that your tax return showed illegalities on your part and a U.S Marshall is on their way to your house to arrest you UNLESS you give the caller your credit card number so they can use it to get you out of trouble.   I played along with one for about 10 minutes one time. It was fun. 

 
 
 
Trout Giggles
4.1  Trout Giggles  replied to  JohnRussell @4    2 months ago

That scammer actually left me a voice mail message but he didn't speak with an accent. Too bad I didn't actually answer that call.

I have told a scammer to fuck off, tho. That was fun

 
 
 
JohnRussell
4.1.1  JohnRussell  replied to  Trout Giggles @4.1    2 months ago

The sad part is that some people must fall for these scams and give the con man money. Otherwise why would the scammers keep doing it? 

 
 
 
Trout Giggles
4.1.2  Trout Giggles  replied to  JohnRussell @4.1.1    2 months ago

Why do people fall for this stuff? I'm not the brightest star in the galaxy but even I know when somebody is trying to scam me

 
 
 
Sunshine
4.1.3  Sunshine  replied to  JohnRussell @4.1.1    2 months ago
fall for these scams and give the con man money

Usually the elderly.  I have control over my mother's finances but not everyone has someone looking out for their best interest.

 
 
 
Karri
4.1.4  Karri  replied to  Trout Giggles @4.1.2    2 months ago

I had a call from the "IRS" (Indian Revenue Service?) but they gave me enough information to sound legit.  Fortunately, I did not answer the call but they left an e-mail.  I didn't call the number they gave me.  Instead I got on-line and looked up the real IRS number.  I called to check on this, and, as usual, it was fraudulent.  (Needless to say, I never called the number they left on my voice mail.)

 
 
 
Drakkonis
4.1.5  Drakkonis  replied to  Trout Giggles @4.1    2 months ago
I have told a scammer to fuck off, tho. That was fun

I have this fantasy where I can hack a scammers computer or phone and cause a power surge that melts the cpu and motherboard. Then, somehow, I'd know every time he got new equipment and do it again as soon as he turned it on, for a year. That would be awesome!

 
 
 
Trout Giggles
4.1.6  Trout Giggles  replied to  Drakkonis @4.1.5    2 months ago

I like the way you think

 
 
 
katrix
4.1.7  katrix  replied to  Sunshine @4.1.3    2 months ago
I have control over my mother's finances but not everyone has someone looking out for their best interest.

Same here. Mom doesn't even have her credit card or checkbook, so nobody can scam her.

As for her SSN - between the OPM hack, the Blue Cross/Blue Shield hack, and the Experion hack, anyone who wants her SSN already has it!

 
 
 
TᵢG
4.1.8  seeder  TᵢG  replied to  Drakkonis @4.1.5    2 months ago

There is a YouTube video where a hacker interacted with a scammer pretending to be Microsoft.   He got the scammer to give him access to their machine and while in the machine he deleted all the files.

Would that work for you?  jrSmiley_82_smiley_image.gif

Here it is:

 
 
 
Drakkonis
4.1.9  Drakkonis  replied to  TᵢG @4.1.8    2 months ago

Yeah, I saw this one and yes indeedy, it does work for me. The banana dog was nice, too. 

 
 
 
TᵢG
4.2  seeder  TᵢG  replied to  JohnRussell @4    2 months ago

I know, some of these bozos are pathetic.   There are YouTubers who purposely play along with these thieves to waste their time and frustrate them.   Building up their hopes only to let them realize that after days of effort they are not going to get their gift cards form of payment.

Here is an example (funny):

 
 
 
Kathleen
4.2.1  Kathleen  replied to  TᵢG @4.2    2 months ago

Loved it!

He must have really pissed him off to hear that scum say that about 911.

Wish he had a piercing loud noise to give him.

I would have said your hero is sleeping with the fishes.

 
 
 
Karri
4.2.2  Karri  replied to  TᵢG @4.2    2 months ago

That was great! 

I've tried something similar.  In one case the guy threated to rape me (using extreme lewd language.)  I hung up.  He then called me back (with a different number) and continued with his threats.  UGH.

Another time, it was someone from "Microsoft" needing access to my computer.  I told him I haven't used a computer in several years (while I was looking up the number on the Internet.)  I told him I would need to go into the basement to turn it on.  I kept him on line (supposedly running up and down the basement stairs) and pretending to not even know how to turn on the machine.  He finally got upset and hung up.

 
 
 
sandy-2021492
4.2.3  sandy-2021492  replied to  TᵢG @4.2    2 months ago

That.

Was.

Awesome.

And the nerve of the POS scammer to be offended when called out.

 
 
 
sandy-2021492
4.2.4  sandy-2021492  replied to  Karri @4.2.2    2 months ago

I got the Microsoft call.  I told him I have a Mac (I don't).

My son wastes their time, then finally starts insulting them.  "Bro, nobody cares about you, bro.  It's so sad.  Nobody cares, bro."

 
 
 
Raven Wing
4.2.5  Raven Wing  replied to  sandy-2021492 @4.2.4    2 months ago

When I get the calls from Microsoft I give them a few seconds to start their spiel and then I tell them, "I am a Microsoft MVP (Most Valuable Professional) which I really am, and then let them know that I am an MS Technical Beta Tester (which I really am), and an Access Database Developer (which I really am), and a computer programmer (which I am not), sooo, how are you going to help me?"

Then I hear a 'click' on the other end as they hang up. 

One thing that I notice about many of the scam callers, they have a pretty sloppy Hindu accent, sort of like street slang, so the people who are hiring them to be scammers must be getting people off the streets who will work the cheapest.  

 
 
 
mocowgirl
4.2.6  mocowgirl  replied to  TᵢG @4.2    2 months ago

A few years ago, I answered the IRS call on a cell phone that is not registered to me.

The guy started his pitch about how I owed the IRS and must pay immediately.  I just laughed and said in my usual Ozark hillbilly accent "Nope.  Y'all don't know who y'all is talkin' to."  He insisted that he did... that he knew who I was.  I said "No.  No you don't."  This actually went back and forth like this for several minutes with him making dire threats at what was going to happen to me if I didn't take him seriously....and me just continuing to say that he had no clue to whom he was threatening.

Finally, I grew tired of his bullshit - called him the scum of the Earth in less than polite words and told him that  he really should learn how to speak English properly if he wanted to make his scam seem credible.  He still continued to protest that he was a legit IRS agent and I ended the call.

These days, I have turned off my answering machine and only answer calls that I recognize the caller.  

 
 
 
Tessylo
4.3  Tessylo  replied to  JohnRussell @4    2 months ago

I heard that same shit and I called them back and yelled at them that they were fucking scammers.  

 
 
 
MrFrost
4.4  MrFrost  replied to  JohnRussell @4    2 months ago

I had one about a week ago telling me my social security number had been canceled..... They said they could get me a new one for $500.00. 

Seriously, too stupid to make it up. 

 
 
 
Karri
4.4.1  Karri  replied to  MrFrost @4.4    2 months ago
my social security number had been canceled

Cancelled?  Like a credit card?  Too stupid.  I hope you laughed at them.

 
 
 
MrFrost
4.4.2  MrFrost  replied to  Karri @4.4.1    2 months ago
I hope you laughed at them.

I did indeed...

 
 
 
Drakkonis
4.4.3  Drakkonis  replied to  Karri @4.4.1    2 months ago
Cancelled?  Like a credit card?  Too stupid.  I hope you laughed at them.

I got a text saying my SSN was deactivated. I was overjoyed, as I figure that means no more taxes. 

 
 
 
†hε pε⊕pレε'š ƒïšh
5  †hε pε⊕pレε'š ƒïšh    2 months ago

I ask the unknown caller if they are calling about the ad for the couple looking for a midget threesome.  They hang up.

 
 
 
Enoch
5.1  Enoch  replied to  †hε pε⊕pレε'š ƒïšh @5    2 months ago

Dear Friend People's Fish:

Love it!

I refer them to the phone number 1- 888- Tuchas Mir for details.

Tuchas Mir is Yiddish for "My a**".

I like the idea of screening phone calls.

Saves a lot of wear and tear, and wasted time.

Enoch, Reminding Unsolicited Scam Callers to Reach Out and Violate the Legal Righs of Someone. 

 
 
 
Kathleen
5.2  Kathleen  replied to  †hε pε⊕pレε'š ƒïšh @5    2 months ago

Ha!

I have even heard people say to the scammers “ This is the ...... police department, a murder was committed here, who am I speaking to?”

 
 
 
†hε pε⊕pレε'š ƒïšh
5.2.1  †hε pε⊕pレε'š ƒïšh  replied to  Kathleen @5.2    2 months ago

I get chatty so I'll talk to anyone who calls. 

 
 
 
Paula Bartholomew
6  Paula Bartholomew    2 months ago

I don't answer calls whose numbers are in other states or ones I don't recognize.  Then I look up the number to see who or what it might be.

 
 
 
Raven Wing
6.1  Raven Wing  replied to  Paula Bartholomew @6    2 months ago
I don't answer calls whose numbers are in other states or ones I don't recognize.  Then I look up the number to see who or what it might be.

I do that as well, Paula. It is amazing just how ignorant some scammers are when they can't even tell they've been had. 

 
 
 
Sunshine
7  Sunshine    2 months ago

When my phone says the Las Vegas Police Dept is calling I panic and block the number.  

 
 
 
Raven Wing
8  Raven Wing    2 months ago

Some of the scams I get calls from are ones claiming to be some Law Enforcement or Fire dept. association asking for donations. They want to send someone by to pick up my donation. I tell them I don't donate to anyone over the phone and take me off their list. Then I call the supposed LE or Fire dept and ask them if they are soliciting donations by phone and they say no, so I give them the info and they take it from there.

Those are the worst ones, playing on people's sympathy. This kind of scam was really popular after the 9/11 horror and they were asking for donations for the 1st responders who were killed and/or injured.  

 
 
 
Trout Giggles
8.1  Trout Giggles  replied to  Raven Wing @8    2 months ago

I just hang up on those guys. It's always some company soliciting donations for cops who died in the line of duty.

 
 
 
Tessylo
8.1.1  Tessylo  replied to  Trout Giggles @8.1    2 months ago

One time it was the IRS someone was scamming for - said the police would be at my door.  When they called me back I called them fucking scammers.  I forgot that they would never call you, just send a letter.  I had a call recently, some bullshit about how I was up for a federal crime.  I called that number back and called them fucking scammers.  

 
 
 
Raven Wing
8.1.2  Raven Wing  replied to  Trout Giggles @8.1    2 months ago
It's always some company soliciting donations for cops who died in the line of duty.

Yeah, they like to play on people's good hearts to feed their scams. I tell them I don't make donations over the phone or to anyone coming to my home, and have often asked where their office is located and I would come there and make a donation in person. At that point they quickly hang up. 

 
 
 
Trout Giggles
8.1.3  Trout Giggles  replied to  Raven Wing @8.1.2    2 months ago

LOL! They don't know I don't have a good heart so they waste their time trying to talk to me

 
 
 
Raven Wing
8.1.4  Raven Wing  replied to  Trout Giggles @8.1.3    2 months ago
They don't know I don't have a good heart

LOL!!  I have a good one, but, it is reserved for those who truly deserve it. Scammers hear the other side of it. jrSmiley_91_smiley_image.gif

 
 
 
Kathleen
9  Kathleen    2 months ago

What really makes me angry is when they go after the elderly. They do not understand what is happening and they get real scared if they think they will be in trouble and someone coming to their house.  More education and talking to them can help.

 
 
 
MrFrost
10  MrFrost    2 months ago

This guy literally built a career fucking with telemarketers. 

 
 
 
Karri
10.1  Karri  replied to  MrFrost @10    2 months ago

Hysterical!  I especially like the part about returning the engagement to Walmart.

 
 
 
sandy-2021492
10.1.1  sandy-2021492  replied to  Karri @10.1    2 months ago

His poor brother whose finger was eaten by a turtle jrSmiley_10_smiley_image.gif

 
 
 
MrFrost
10.1.2  MrFrost  replied to  sandy-2021492 @10.1.1    2 months ago

Yea, this guy has a TON of these on youtube...all hilarious. :)

 
 
 
MrFrost
10.1.3  MrFrost  replied to  sandy-2021492 @10.1.1    2 months ago
His poor brother whose finger was eaten by a turtle

Yup, the first time I listed to this, that was the part that had me in stitches. 

 
 
 
igknorantzrulz
11  igknorantzrulz    2 months ago

Call, text, or E-mail me at your own risk, as there R NO MODERATORS to

corral 

my 

creativity, and i'll take these people places they could never ever even imagine existed.

I NO KNOW Boundries, Y i live in a gated community

 
 
 
MrFrost
11.1  MrFrost  replied to  igknorantzrulz @11    2 months ago
I NO KNOW Boundries, Y i live in a gated community

"Iggy Unchained".. 

 
 
 
igknorantzrulz
11.1.1  igknorantzrulz  replied to  MrFrost @11.1    2 months ago

Danjo got

nuthin on me

 
 
 
lady in black
12  lady in black    2 months ago

I've gotten the IRS, Microsoft, SS, a police fund, a women's cancer something or other, school loan which uses the same reference number for every call and one that was in an asian foreign language so I have no clue what the scam is.   

What I don't understand is when they want you to go buy gift cards and give them the serial number that people don't get that it's a scam

 
 
 
Freefaller
12.1  Freefaller  replied to  lady in black @12    2 months ago
one that was in an asian foreign language so I have no clue what the scam is

Maybe it was just a wrong number?

 
 
 
lady in black
12.1.1  lady in black  replied to  Freefaller @12.1    2 months ago

I don't think so because I did get it a couple of times from different numbers

 
 
 
Freefaller
13  Freefaller    2 months ago

I must lead a charmed life I had one call about having won a cruise and to call back with a credit card to guarantee my prize (I never called) years ago and that's it.

 
 
 
MrFrost
14  MrFrost    2 months ago

Who needs these bastards, I got the inside line on a Nigerian Prince. 

 
 
 
Raven Wing
14.1  Raven Wing  replied to  MrFrost @14    2 months ago

hey......Hey..... HEY!!! I got first dibs on that Nigerian Prince! He's gonna make me the Queen of Nigeria if I give him all the info he needs.    jrSmiley_18_smiley_image.gif

 
 
 
MrFrost
14.1.1  MrFrost  replied to  Raven Wing @14.1    2 months ago

They actually caught the guy behind the nigerian prince scam, (seriously), I believe it was an older white guy in Alabama. Long time ago so I forget the specifics. 

 
 
 
Raven Wing
14.1.2  Raven Wing  replied to  MrFrost @14.1.1    2 months ago

I wondered why the Prince was no longer contacting me. My feelings were really hurt (sniff) because I thought he had found someone else (sniff).

Glad to know he was just caught and didn't cheat on me. jrSmiley_18_smiley_image.gif

 
 
 
sandy-2021492
14.2  sandy-2021492  replied to  MrFrost @14    2 months ago

I got a fax yesterday with the Nigerian prince scam, but with a twist.  It was a terminally ill heiress in Canada who wanted to leave me her millions, because she was sure I would donate them to charity.

 
 
 
Raven Wing
14.2.1  Raven Wing  replied to  sandy-2021492 @14.2    2 months ago
because she was sure I would donate them to charity.

Emm......my middle name is Charity.....does that count?

jrSmiley_91_smiley_image.gif

 
 
 
sandy-2021492
14.2.2  sandy-2021492  replied to  Raven Wing @14.2.1    2 months ago

Go for it.

I'm sure she won't be wanting your routing number or anything jrSmiley_9_smiley_image.gif

 
 
 
Raven Wing
14.2.3  Raven Wing  replied to  sandy-2021492 @14.2.2    2 months ago

jrSmiley_13_smiley_image.gif

 
 
 
TᵢG
15  seeder  TᵢG    2 months ago

Here is another humorous adventure in this theme:

 
 
 
Raven Wing
15.1  Raven Wing  replied to  TᵢG @15    2 months ago

That indeed is very funny. I had a bit of a time clearly understanding his accent at times, but, with the wordings of each part it was pretty easy to follow.

Thanks for sharing this with us. I really needed a good laugh today. (smile)

 
 
 
TᵢG
15.1.1  seeder  TᵢG  replied to  Raven Wing @15.1    2 months ago

He is a professional comedian.

 
 
 
Raven Wing
15.1.2  Raven Wing  replied to  TᵢG @15.1.1    2 months ago

He is really a good comedian. He know very well how to lead into the punch lines. It would likely have been easier for me to follow the dialog if he had not spoken so fast, some of his words seemed to run together.

But, the whole thing was really very funny and I fully enjoyed it. Thanks for sharing! jrSmiley_13_smiley_image.gif

 
 
 
sandy-2021492
15.2  sandy-2021492  replied to  TᵢG @15    2 months ago

How is it that I see people in that audience who are not laughing?  I've seen this video before, and it still has me cracking up.

 
 
 
Raven Wing
15.2.1  Raven Wing  replied to  sandy-2021492 @15.2    2 months ago

I wondered about that as well. Most of the audience was totally cracking up, but, a few didn't seem to get it. 

 
 
 
Drakkonis
15.3  Drakkonis  replied to  TᵢG @15    2 months ago

Oh, that was sooooo good!

 
 
 
Karri
15.4  Karri  replied to  TᵢG @15    2 months ago

OMG.  Thank you so much.  That was hysterical.  I really needed the laughs.  Gotta love Ted Talks.

 
 
 
It Is ME
16  It Is ME    2 months ago

"how to protect yourself from being scammed."

Don't answer your cellphone EVERY TIME it rings ? jrSmiley_29_smiley_image.gif

I have a rule when it comes to my cell phone use:

"If there is no name attached with the number calling, I won't answer it. The "Voice Mail" service part of your phone will get it for you. There is nothing saying you must call back either.

 
 
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